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PlantFiles: Canna Lily
Canna x generalis 'Cleopatra'

Family: Cannaceae (kan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Canna (KAN-uh) (Info)
Species: x generalis (jen-er-RAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Cleopatra
Additional cultivar information: (aka Clopatre, Spanish Emblem)

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Ponds and Aquatics
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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10 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Lilyofthenight On Apr 24, 2011, Lilyofthenight from Victoria, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Believe it or not, many people consider these plants a nuisance, In my area if they are not cut back regularly they take over and spread like wildfire, also in summer heat they tend to turn brown when, left unattended they become a huge eyesore. I actually tried getting rid of these and they kept coming back, even after a hard freeze in Febuary. They have come back strong as ever and are loaded with buds.
Keep these plants manicured for best effect.

Positive fadedcharacter On Jul 13, 2008, fadedcharacter from Springfield, MO wrote:

I live in zone 6, but have my cannas planted along the south wall of my home which means I don't have to dig them up! Any other place in the yard (even with heavy mulch) and they freeze & rot over the harsh winter. Everyone loves these & I find that they do remarkably well as a container plant also.

Positive pheitmeyer On Nov 6, 2006, pheitmeyer from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Bought this plant small, burnt, and in very sad shape @ Home D in september. Planted with others in mounted mix of peat moss, mulch, and sand on top of topsoil. Root stimulator, then 2 applications of flowering fertilizer later, it is growing beautiful yellow specked with red and red flowers.

Positive BUFFY690 On May 19, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Another new canna for me in 2005, I am hoping for a tropical oasis eventually here on the shores of Lake Murray, S.C.

Positive Emg55 On Feb 21, 2005, Emg55 from Chicopee, MA wrote:

This plant did not stop blooming diring the summer and fall. It stopped because the weather was turning cold.

Positive rylaff On Aug 3, 2004, rylaff from Niceville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is absolutely my favorite canna. I love the unpredictability of the flower and the leaf. You never know what you will get.

Positive cowboysgirl On Apr 16, 2004, cowboysgirl from Litchfield Park, AZ wrote:

We planted these in the spring of 2003 and our first blooms were at the end of May. We had lots of flowers until almost Christmas!! This year, we had blossoms open March 18th and the plants are much larger and more beautiful than ever. Even in the hot blasting winds of the Arizona summer, they are great!

Positive salemi On Mar 1, 2004, salemi from Depew, NY wrote:

must be taken indoors before a hard frost. they grow in my heated basement and i put them out again in spring

Positive Gabriels_Garden On Aug 18, 2003, Gabriels_Garden wrote:

I've had this canna for one season and it has bloomed six different times this summer, while all my other cannas have bloomed just once. This canna is amazing!

Positive bob47 On Jul 1, 2003, bob47 from Stone Mountain, GA wrote:

These bulbs have been in my family for over 50 years. They came from friends in Guadalajara, Mexico. The were once pure red on dark leaves and pure yellow on light green leaves.

Over time, the spotted have evolved along side the pure colors. Experts, not me, can explain it. My dad says reds will dominate given time. Bob


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Arley, Alabama
Gaylesville, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Glendale, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona (3 reports)
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Fremont, California
Mission Viejo, California
Roseville, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
Clifton, Colorado
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Miami, Florida
Niceville, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Dacula, Georgia
Hinesville, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Ewing, Kentucky
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Deridder, Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Lake George, Minnesota
Columbus, Mississippi
Flowood, Mississippi
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Springfield, Missouri
Buffalo, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Conneaut, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Yukon, Oklahoma
Eugene, Oregon
Oakridge, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Coal Center, Pennsylvania
Tionesta, Pennsylvania
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Greer, South Carolina
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Newberry, South Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Angleton, Texas
Austin, Texas
Cibolo, Texas
Fate, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Fritch, Texas
Houston, Texas
Humble, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Perrin, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
Shepherd, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Lynchburg, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Concrete, Washington

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